Glenn Appleman Cookie Jars
Glenn Appleman Cookie Jars are ceramic cookie jars designed by the American artist and sculptor Glenn Appleman, known for his jars in the shape of automobiles.
History & Description
Glenn Appleman studied Fine Art at the City University of New York and produced his first cookie jar in 1970. Although his sculptures comprise a variety of subjects, ranging from animals to world leaders, he is best known for his automotive artworks. His distinctive hand-made jars are a combination of irreverence, nostalgia and humour and are prized by automobile and art lovers.
Appleman stopped designing and making cookie jars in 1987 although a limited edition of Sid’s Taxis was manufactured in the early 1990s.
Guide for collectors
Glenn Appleman cookie jars are highly sought after and have been collected by many famous names, such as Dustin Hoffman, Sylvester Stallone, Dolly Parton, Sophia Loren and Bill Cosby, for over twenty years.
They continue to be some of the higher priced jars sold at auction and can sell for hundreds of dollars. Appleman’s jars were modelled on a number of recognisable old American automobiles, including Buick, Corvette, Sid’s Taxis, Stroh’s Beer Truck, Humperbump Police Car, Phanta Zoom and Packard and also international cars such as Rolls Royce and Mercedes.
They are occasionally sold through national auction houses but are very rarely advertised on eBay.
Notable auction sales
In November 2011, a red ceramic cookie jar entitled Tens Cats on a Buick, dated 1981, was sold on eBay for $1,611
On April 2nd 2012 at Finney’s Auction Inc. in Schodack, New York, a white ceramic Sports Card cookie jar, circa 1980s, realised a price of $600.
On February 12th 2010 at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey, a red ceramic Packard cookie jar, dated 1980, realised a price of $458.
On February 12th 2010 at Rago Arts and Auction Center, a red ceramic Packard cookie jar, dated 1980, realised a price of $375.